Can We Match You to a Rank Based on Your Taste in MREs?

By: Brian Whitney
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Can We Match You to a Rank Based on Your Taste in MREs?
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About This Quiz

An MRE, otherwise known as a meal ready to eat, is a self-contained, individual field ration that is used by the U.S. Department of Defense for its service members for use in combat or other times when there is no food available. In other words, it's what soldiers eat to survive when there are no other options. Back in World War II, soldiers used c-rations, which later became MCI (Meal, Combat, Individual) rations that were used in Korea and Vietnam. In 1980, the Army started using the MRE. For the most part, an MRE contains an entree, a side dish, some sort of cracker or bread, a dessert and a beverage. It also comes with accessories, like utensils to eat with. It even comes with a flameless heater to make the entree hot.

We think how well a soldier likes their MREs has a lot to do with how successful they're going to end up being in the military. After all, if you can't handle an MRE while you're out in combat, how are you going to handle the actual combat itself? We think if you tell us which MREs sound good compared to which ones sound awful, we can tell you what rank you would have in the military. And no, Chipotle isn't an option.

How does some chili sound?
Totally nasty.
That sounds okay.
I would have some.
Mmm. Can I have extra?

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Would you enjoy some shredded barbecue beef?
That sounds horrific.
Well, I might.
I love stuff like that.
That sounds so delicious.

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Maybe some cheese spread and crackers?
That sounds so dry.
Isn't there anything more exciting?
Sure.
Yes, please.

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How about some Carbohydrate Fortified Beverage Powder?
Err.
Gross.
I guess.
Sure.

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Maybe some Wet Pack Fruits?
Are you trying to make me nauseous?
I'll pass.
I guess.
I love fruit!

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Would you enjoy a Toaster Pastry?
Without a toaster?
No thank you.
I will try it.
Totally.

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How about a few chicken chunks?
Barf.
No thank you.
Well, is it all you have?
Sign me up!

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Would you like to try an MRE beef taco?
Heck no.
That sounds like a disaster.
If there's nothing else.
Sure, why not?

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Would Au Gratin Potatoes be good in a foxhole?
Ugh. No.
I guess.
I would try them.
Pass 'em over!

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Maybe a beef snack or two?
No!
Maybe not.
Hmm, are they really beef?
Can I have three?

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How about a fudge brownie?
I'm watching my weight.
That sounds okay.
That sounds good.
That sounds amazing.

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Would you like any Carbohydrate Electrolyte Beverage Powder?
I have no idea what you're talking about.
I'll pass.
Sure, I'm thirsty.
Sounds delightful.

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Do Veggie Crumbles w/Pasta in Taco Style Sauce sound appetizing?
Are you trying to make me sick?
Nope.
Well, I am hungry.
Yum!

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Would you like to try Elbow Macaroni and Tomato Sauce?
Am I being punished?
I'll pass on that.
I guess so.
Can I have seconds?

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Ever tried dessert powder?
Now I know you're just messing with me.
Of course not.
No. Should I?
No, can I?

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If you're hungry you could have some Spinach Mushrooms and Cream Sauce Fettuccine. Want some?
I will never be that hungry.
No, No, No.
I will try it.
That sounds delightful.

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Everyone likes a maple sausage pork patty, right?
Not me.
I don't think that is accurate.
Maybe?
They sure do!

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How about some trans fat free crackers?
That sounds like eating cardboard.
Only if I was starving.
I'll give it a go.
Love those!

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Would you try a MRE Rib Shaped BBQ Pork Patty?
The whole "rib-shaped" thing makes me want to hurl.
I really don't think so.
I would try one.
I love rib-shaped things!

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Maybe a little cheese filled snack food to tide you over?
Please no.
Sounds...interesting.
I will give it a shot.
Sign me up!

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Would you enjoy some Mexican style chicken stew for dinner?
Umm, can I order a pizza?
I would not.
I might.
For sure.

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Does a Grilled Jalapeno Pepper Jack Beef Patty sound good for lunch?
It sounds absolutely awful.
Well, I wouldn't say that.
It sounds okay.
It sounds lovely.

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Some hash browns for breakfast perhaps?
Maybe.
That sounds good.
Sure thing.
I love hash browns!

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How about some raisins?
Nature's candy? Gross.
Not a big fan.
Sounds refreshing.
Absolutely.

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Would you like some lemon pepper tuna in your foxhole with you?
I think I'm going to be sick.
I'll pass.
I'd take a different MRE if available...
Yum!

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Do you have room for some Asian Style Beef Strips and Vegetables?
Yes, but I still don't want any.
No thanks, I'm stuffed.
Sure, pass it over.
Can I have seconds?

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How about some chunky peanut butter?
Chunks of what?
Sounds a little much to me.
Sure, why not?
Mmm. Peanut butter.

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Want to snack on some patriotic sugar cookies?
What am I, 5 years old?
I'm trying to watch my figure.
I will have one.
I will have 5.

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How many smoked turkey nuggets do you want?
0
2
5
10

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Would you like some pound cake?
I would rather pound sand.
Not my style.
I will have a little.
Can I have the whole thing?

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